Monday 18 December 2017

Dalai Lama denies his protege is Chinese spy

Dean Nelson in Delhi

THE Dalai Lama has denied that one of his possible successors is a Chinese spy or is involved in money laundering after Indian police found more than €1m, including Chinese yuan, in one of his cars and at monasteries.

The Tibetan spiritual leader called for an investigation, but issued a statement saying the allegations were false.

Ugyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa Lama, has been a figure of suspicion within India's exiled Tibetan community since he fled Tibet for Dharamsala at the age of 14, more than 11 years ago. His selection as head of the Karma Kagyu sect, one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, divided the faith's senior monks.

B Raman, a former Indian intelligence official, said the Karmapa Lama is suspected of being a Chinese agent sent to divide the community when the Dalai Lama dies.

PL Thakur, a senior police official, said officers discovered more than €15,000 in cash when one of the Karmapa Lama's cars was stopped at a checkpoint.

"It was found that the money pertained to Karmapa for a land deal. Further investigation led to the recovery of money from monasteries," he said.

The Karmapa Lama's supporters say the cash is from donations from followers. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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